Thursday, August 28, 2014

First impression and review of Herbal life herbal tea concentrate raspberry

Herbalife is company that sells nutrition, weight management and skin-care products. They’re popular for their nutrition shakes that used correctly, are supposed to help you lose weight. Although I’m a skeptic and don’t buy into these sorts of claims so easily, a good friend of mine convinced me into giving these products a try. Now I know I don’t need to lose weight, but my goal is to give my metabolism and body a boost of energy. I’ve been working full time this summer and assumed I would have more time to work out since I am not in school this month. Wrong. After working almost 8 hour shifts I simply want to come home and eat junk food or sleep. In my defense, retail is no joke. Sometimes it’s just hectic and I find myself running around everywhere trying to help customers. I didn’t want to take diet pills for an energy boost because I didn’t want to put any foreign chemicals and substances into my body. I’m 21 years old with no children; I should have more energy, right? The first time I tried the tea I took it like a “shot”. My friend told me that this was the best and painless way to take it since I was not a fan of tea. She picked up a shot glass, filled it with room temperature water, and added half a tablespoon of the concentrated Herbalife tea. The taste was fine, a little bitter, but tolerable. About 20 minutes later, I had more energy at work. I didn’t experience a “crash”, but I think the energy just waived off naturally towards the night. I liked it but I didn’t think much of it because to be honest, I didn’t think that 1.8 oz of concentrated tea was worth $25.00. Nevertheless, I see how happy she has become with the Herbalife nutrition plan and lifestyle and thought I would purchase the 1.8 oz of the concentrated tea. Today, I decided to put it inside my homemade fruit smoothie! I would love to try the shakes which are supposed to be like healthy meal replacements, but they are a little on the pricey side and I’m going back to school which means, “hello 100 dollar text books!” I did however opt for a more price friendly alternative, Slim Fast. I know Slim Fast works if you use it correctly and follow the meal plan thoroughly. It worked for me when I was younger and I just began incorporating it into my daily life about 2 days ago.

The tea claims that it does the following things:

  • Jump-starts thermogenic (metabolic) activity
  • Boosts the feeling of energy
  • Provides antioxidant support
  • Instant and low-calorie

I was sold at antioxidant support. Antioxidants are so important and essential because they help protect your body from free radical damage and the aging process. The three main antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You can find these vitamins in fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow shades. Let’s look at some of the ingredients of the Herbalife tea. Picture credit: Herbalife official website.
Maltodextrin is an artificial sugar that has a mild, sweet taste. Like many other artificial sweetners, Maltodextrin also has some purported risks associated with its use.
Safflower seed oil is used for preventing heart disease and stroke. Some people use it for inducing sweating and as a laxative, and stimulant.
Cardamom is an herb. The seeds are used to make medicine. Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite.
Malva Sylvestris extract. Extract from the blue mallow flower, it may have some anti-inflammatory and soothing properties for the skin, as well as some potential antioxidant benefits.
Black tea is used for improving mental alertness as well as learning, memory and information processing skills. 
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I can't tell you if this will be the right product for you, but you can join me  my journey to see my final veridict. I would love to take this product to a physician or a pharmacist because they could analyze the use of these ingredients together and help you determine wether or not this is right for you. You can also check out some more customer reviews from Amazon on the Herbalife raspberry tea here.

I know Cranberry juice cocktail is not the same as 100% Cranberry juice, but I realized that too late!
I mixed the fruit with the cranberry juice first. I don't measure how much juice I put inside, I just add a long splash as you can see in the photo below. After it's all mixed, I added half a tablespoon of the concentrated tea and mixed it again.